“The Senator greatly appreciates the efforts of the Capitol Police and the FBI to keep folks safe every day.”
Tuesday, federal authorities arrested a Georgia man for allegedly threatening the life of Republican South Carolina lawmaker, Sen. Tim Scott.
According to local news reports, Jason Kenneth Bell was arrested for calling Sen. Scott’s office almost a dozen times, threatening to kill him.
The State reported:
Last week, the South Carolina lawmaker and the Senate’s only black Republican was also the subject of death threats.
Federal authorities have arrested a Georgia man identified as Jason Kenneth Bell, who allegedly called Scott’s Washington office nearly a dozen times the week of Oct. 23, threatening to kill him.
According to an official filing with the U.S. District Court for the middle district of Georgia, Bell called to express his disapproval with Scott’s recent condemnation of President Donald Trump’s statements after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August.
Bell has a history of making life-threatening threats and was arrested earlier this year for threatening an Atlanta-based CNN office:
The court filing specifies that Bell has long been a person of interest both for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Capitol Police. He has a history of making threatening phones calls to lawmakers, allegedly telling Capitol law enforcement that he has been contacting members of Congress for six years regarding “untruths of black victimization,” with no plans to stop.
He also has claimed to idolize Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who murdered nine black parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in 2015.
There is some indication of mental instability. According to the court filing, Bell allegedly threatened to kill himself in the past, and was once monitored for a domestic disturbance in the home where he lives with his mother.
Bell was arrested earlier this year for allegedly threatening a CNN News office in Atlanta.
Scott’s office had little to say about the incident on Wednesday.
“The Senator greatly appreciates the efforts of the Capitol Police and the FBI to keep folks safe every day. Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to the FBI,” his spokesman, Sean Smith, said in a statement.
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